New code has been spotted which reveals that portrait mode is being tested for Chromebooks, the HP Chromebook X2 to be precise. A new commit in the Chromium Gerrit reveals that portrait mode is headed to the HP Chromebook X2. It appears that Google may be moving ahead with plans to integrate its Google Camera app with Chromebooks other than the company’s own Pixelbook.
The Google Camera app icon was recently spotted in a Dev Channel update for some Chromebooks. The app doesn’t launch on the devices except for the Pixelbook. It just goes to show that the company does have plans to integrate its popular Google Camera app but it’s unclear to what extent it will integrate the app and when.
The messages in these commits also reveal that the Google Camera app has also been tested on the Samsung Chromebook Plus V2. It’s not uncommon for developers to test features on non-target devices so it can reasonably be assumed that the Google Camera app will eventually be released for devices other than the Pixelbook.
Google’s Camera app is capable of impressive post-processing to improve pictures but the software can only do so much. None of the Chromebooks available on the market have exceptional cameras so even when the app does arrive, it won’t do much to improve the overall picture quality that these Chromebooks offer.